Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work and study, so you can earn a great living while doing what you love.

With hundreds of in-demand careers at your fingertips, there’s an apprenticeship or traineeship pathway to suit you.

Why choose an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are one of the best ways to get ready for a career. They allow you to work and earn a living in your chosen career while you’re learning the skills and qualifications for it.

As an apprentice or trainee, you'll:

  • learn real skills in the workplace
  • gain nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications
  • earn a wage while you learn
  • develop skills required by industry
  • put everything you learn straight to work.

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine hands-on industry training with off-job study under a training contract between you and your employer.

Who can do an apprenticeship or traineeship?

Apprenticeships and traineeships are available to people of all ages and stages of life, including high school students and individuals wanting to start, change or advance their career.

What’s the difference between an apprenticeship and a traineeship?

You can complete an apprenticeship in three to four years in trade occupations to become an electrician, chef, hairdresser, mechanic and many more.

Traineeships involve learning a job. You can complete a traineeship in one to two years across many industries including business, community health, child care and retail.

Fast fact…Did you know that more than 92% of apprentices and trainees in a trade course were employed after graduation in 2017.


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